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Authorities said the driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover accident last Wednesday afternoon, March 18, on Highway 33 near Bambaur Road suffered only minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred when the driver, Manuel Lopes, 60, of Gustine, made an …

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High school seniors eagerly anticipating class trips, prom, commencement and so much more in the busy final weeks of their time at Orestimba and Gustine high schools last week found themselves facing the new reality that those special moments may never be experienced.

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The growing COVID-19 crisis and increasing restrictions established in an effort to curb the spread of the virus has reshaped everyday life on the West Side and changed the landscape of downtown business districts.

Authorities ID body of man found in canal


A single-vehicle accident last Wednesday morning, March 11, at Hunt Road near Sullivan at the south edge of Gustine left the demolished car leaning against a utility pole. The driver escaped injury, according to CHP officers at the scene.

GUSTINE - School board members last week gave the Gustine Unified School District’s financial advisor the green light to explore the feasibility of a November bond measure to fund additional school facilities.


West Side agriculture, in all its many forms, is heading into another year with both the optimism typical of farmers and the challenges that agriculture faces all too many times.

NEWMAN - The city of Newman has started the process of acquiring right-of-way for the eventual expansion of Jensen Road with the $300,000 purchase of a parcel at 219 Jensen.

The spreading COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed life on the West Side with stunning swiftness in recent days, as a handful of cancellations and closures quickly cascaded into a torrent.

GUSTINE - In local schools, students are encouraged to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands and more stringent campus cleaning regimens are in place.

Hit-and-run victim identified


GUSTINE - Two accidents occurred last week at the intersection of Highway 33 and Sullivan Road at the south edge of Gustine, police reported.

Growers in the Del Puerto Water District, which runs along the Interstate 5 corridor from Vernalis to Santa Nella, are once again dealing with a meager allocation of water to nurture their crops and orchards in 2020.


A new postmaster at the Gustine post office was officially sworn in Feb. 7 to oversee the Gustine branch of the U.S. Postal Service.


A 6-year-old boy was flown to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with complaint of pain following a two-vehicle accident Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Sullivan and Whitworth roads, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said the child was one of three passengers in a 2013 Ford Explore…

Authorities seek assistance identifying body found in canal


A single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20, on Fig Lane near Ruth Avenue left the car overturned but the driver escaped injury, according to officials. Police said the driver veered when he looked down at his phone, struck a wooden guard rail and continued southbound until the veh…

The Gustine Police Department will soon be deploying a new radar trailer which displays the speed of approaching vehicles. A grant funded purchase of the unit. Lieutenant Samuel Joseph, who is overseeing day-to-day operations of the department, is pictured with the radar trailer.

GUSTINE - The city will invest in a $2.6 million energy program which holds the promise of $4.7 million or more in savings over the next three decades.

GUSTINE - The City Council last week authorized two projects geared to improving athletic facilities in Schmidt Park - a long-term campaign to upgrade the deteriorating tennis courts and a more immediate project to refurbish baseball fields ahead of the upcoming youth baseball/softball season.

NEWMAN - With Election Day fast approaching and numerous absentee and vote-by-mail ballots already submitted, a proposed $35 million bond measure is in the hands of voters.

CHP seeks info in fatal hit-and-run


NEWMAN - First Student, the private transportation company which provides bus service for the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, has made changes in response to concerns voiced by district leadership.

Weapon found in car after driver flees vehicle

Investigators process the scene of a fatal two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Hills Ferry Road between East Stuhr and River roads. The California Highway Patrol reported that an 80-year-old Newman woman was killed in the accident. The name of the deceased was not available prior to pu…

NEWMAN - The number of cases handled by Newman police in 2019 fell sharply from the previous year, according to year-end statistics reported by the Newman Police Department.